2013-02-28 12:10:23 -
* Logistics system fully in place for planned deliveries of up to 1.5 million
tonnes of iron ore
* Dannemora has completed 23 deliveries since production start. Six of them in
* The port's plans to deepen and widen the channel into the port will save
sea freight costs considerably
Following the recent rail car deliveries, Dannemora now has all resources in
place to deliver up to the planned 1.5 million tonnes of iron ore. The logistics
system can be divided into four parts: Finished goods warehouse, Rail logistics,
Port and Sea transport logistics
Finished goods warehouse
Dannemora's finished goods warehouse consists of two 2,500 tonne-capacity tanks,
one for lump ore and one for fines.
The warehouse is fully automated and is
monitored from the control room for the sorting plant.
All the rail cars needed for the planned production of 1.5 million tonnes of
iron ore have now been delivered, including the extra rail cars needed to
conduct continuous maintenance without disruption to deliveries.
The train departs from Dannemora three times a day. The number of rail cars used
is dependent on the volume of the deliveries. At present, 14 rail cars are used
to ensure capacity for transporting 3,000 tonnes per day.
Hargs Hamn AB is now completing the automatic rail car unloading facility which
is being built for Dannemora Mineral. From 1 April 2013, investments in the port
will be completed and the port will be equipped for fully automatic handling of
fines and lump ore from Dannemora in the immediate future. Loading of ships will
actually be via a weather-protected conveyor.
Now that the Environmental Court has approved the port's plans to deepen and
widen the channel into the port, the port company expects the work to have been
completed by spring 2015. This means that vessels up to 40,000 tonnes will be
able to be loaded at the port, compared with 20,000 tonnes at present. This will
represent a saving of almost half of the sea freight costs for Dannemora Mineral
AB. At the 2015 volume of 1.5 million tonnes, the total saving will be over USD
Sea transport logistics
Depending on customer and order size, ships of 20,000 tonnes, and sometimes
10,000 tonnes, are mainly used. Vessels are chartered on the spot market at the
present time. There is good availability of vessels and no disruption has
occurred, despite a harsh winter with much ice.
The feasibility of establishing a regular service to customers with regular
deliveries will be investigated during spring.
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